Canby's Tom Kratzer earns Scoutings highest honor

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tom Kratzer, right, accepts congratulations from former Troop 258 Scoutmaster Tom Brandt after receiving his Eagle Scout award.Tom Kratzer, son of Doug and Shelly Kratzer of Canby, advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout in a recent court of honor ceremony.

The Canby High School senior received scouting’s highest achievement in the ceremony held Oct. 19 in Herman Bergman Scout Lodge in Community Park.

A member of Boy Scout Troop 258, Kratzer has been active in scouting since the first grade when he joined Cub Scout Pack 505 in Canby. He went on to earn the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting’s highest achievement.

Becoming an Eagle Scout requires a series of 21 merit badges, troop leadership positions and a service project benefiting a church, school or community organization. These requirements must be completed before his 18th birthday.

Kratzer earned 23 merit badges, became a member of the Order of the Arrow in 2012, and has served as troop bugler, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader.

His Eagle Scout project included the planning and overseeing the planting of shrubbery in front of Canby Christian Church, and the layout and painting of parking lot lines on the church's resurfaced parking lot.

Kratzer is and has been involved in music at Canby High School taking band his freshman year, then mixed choir, and now he is in his second year in both concert choir and Cantalinas.

About 50 people attended the court of honor in which Kratzer received his Eagle Scout rank from former Troop 258 Scoutmaster Tom Brandt.

The program included an address from Kratzer’s grandfather, Wallace Fenton, who related his experience as a scout when his father was a scoutmaster in Wishram, Wash. He then presented his grandson with his and his father’s scouting memorabilia.

Kratzer became the 89th Eagle Scout for Troop 258, which was founded in 1939 as Canby's first scout troop.

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